Retro Sound Chrome Zuma AM/FM Radio with a Chrome Bezel and Knobs for all 1974-1986 Mustangs.New from CJ Pony Parts is the latest radio offering for your classic Mustang from RetroSound, an industry leader in classic automotive sound. The Retrosound Zuma looks like the original Mustang radio -- complete with authentic-look push button styling and Ford replica knobs -- but offers the modern conveniences of a rear mounted USB port, two auxiliary inputs, built in high power amplifier and digital AM/FM tuner with RDS. With the Zuma you can get a digital media receiver that fits the factory radio opening in your Pony without modification, so you can enjoy your iPod, satellite radio, or other portable music player while cruising along in style.
Retrosound's Zuma radio will mount in any 1974-1986 Mustang using an ingenious InfiniMount bracket and shaft system that adjusts to fit any dash opening. You can connect your digital audio player, satellite radio, or a USB thumb drive loaded with music files and enjoy hours of entertainment in your classic Pony car. An enhanced LCD display features dual-color (white and green) illumination. Two sets of preamp outputs let you add external amplifiers. For the latest and greatest in audio technology for your car, choose a Retrosound Zuma Radio from CJ Pony Parts.
- Chrome faceplate with a chrome bezel and knobs
- AM/FM Tuner with RDS & 30 Presets
- Selectable enhanced dual white or green LCD illumination
- Rear mounted USB allows playback of Mp3 and WMA digital music files
- Selectable tuner frequencies for USA or Europe
- New shaft system features rear knob functionality
- New push button styling for an authentic Mustang look
- Built-in amplifier (24 watts RMS/45 watts peak x 4 channels)
- Two sets of RCA low level outputs
- Digital clock function
- 3 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass/treble/fader/balance adjustment
- Loudness Control
- Inputs: rear-mounted standard USB port and two rear auxiliary inputs for iPod or other portable devices
- Outputs: four-channel pre-amp outputs (front & rear)
- Separate power antenna and amp turn on lead(s)
- InfiniMount bracket/shaft system for maximum installation flexibility
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Let's take a look at the three different models and some of their specific features. This is the Classic Chrome Retro Sound radio but see how small the chassis is. By using a small chassis, as well as putting these control stalks on cables allows for an infinite amount of ways to mount this radio. All Retro Sound Radios have removable power, as well as removable speaker plugs, as well as four-channel pre-outs, and an auxiliary input. This particular radio has a 50 watt x 4 amplifier built in.
This is the Model One radio. It's available in either a black or a chrome face and has upgraded LCD display. It also comes with a remote control and this mountable box, which will take both a USB or auxiliary input.
This is the Retro Sound Zuma that we'll be installing in our '67 Mustang. This radio features a 25 x 4 amplifier, USB, as well as auxiliary inputs, and a pushbutton front for that authentic vintage look. The beauty of the InfiniMount system is it allows you to pick out the radio that fits your needs and you just order the correct knob and bezel kit to install it in your vehicle.
For this installation, you'll need a Phillips head screwdriver, 3/8-inch ratchet, 9/16-inch socket, 1/2-inch socket, solderless connects or a solder and soldering iron, crimping tool, wire strippers, and a Multi Meter.
As you can see our '67 convertible is still rocking the original AM radio, long overdue for an upgrade. The first step is to remove the radio bezel, the four Phillips head screws holding the bezel to the dash. That releases the radio from the dash. In our case it's still attached. You'll want to look underneath, and you can see there's a back strap holding to the bottom of the dash. We'll remove that next. Now our radio will slide out.
You want to start by disconnecting your antenna and then disconnect the two harnesses to wire up the radio. This Mustang still had the original radio that looked like it had never been touched. It still has the original AM speaker as well. For the new Retro Sound stereo the AM speaker is just not going to cut it, so we're going to pull that out and put a stereo speaker in as well.
Check this out. This is something every Mustang owner dreams of finding; this is the original build sheet for this car, still tied up inside the dash on the original wiring. Wow, check that out. The factory speaker is held in place by two nuts you'll have to remove to get it out. You'll want to hold it in place with the other hand and loosen the nuts, and then slide it out.
Our dual voice call stereo replacement speaker is going to be a huge improvement over the original paper AM speaker. The original plugs only have two wires coming out of them. Our new radio is going to require three. One of these is going to be a 12-volt switched, which is what we're going to need. The other one is for illumination for the original radio, we're not going to use that one at all. To figure it out we want to turn the key to the on position and check to see which one is getting 12 volts.
You can see the yellow wire is giving us 12 volts with the key on, that's going to be our 12-volt switched. Now that we've figured out our 12-volt switched power we're going to ground it through the chassis as well. It just leaves a 12-volt constant. Thankfully, in our '67 the 12-volt constant will be right next-door here at the cigarette lighter. You'll get a constant power there; hook up all of our wires to our new stereo.
This is the power harness for our Retro Sound radio. We'll be using the ground, 12-volt switched and 12-volt constant. The power antenna and the remote amp turn on are not used; we're just going to put them aside for now. We're going to use this original style bullet connector so we don't have to cut the harness for our stereo. We're going to use a wiretap to tap into the power going to our cigarette lighter. To get easier access to the cigarette lighter, we're going to pull the ashtray out.
Now we've found both of our 12-volt sources you want to make sure you disconnect your battery before you tap into any of the wires, particularly the constant lead. Now we're going to install the bullet connector to our switch lead. Just put all this up to the stereo location. Now we have our constant and our switched connected, we've got our wires here for our speaker. Now we're going to go install the new stereo into the original bezel.
Now we've got to remove our original radio from our bezel. If the original bezel has been modified or is in poor shape now is a good time to replace it. Ours isn't too bad and so we are going to keep it and just remove the stereo. The first step is to pull these knobs off. They'll simply slide right off the nut. Next, this little plastic retainer has to come off. There is a retaining nut on each side that you remove next. Usually they're only hand tight. Get them both off and remove your bezel from your radio.
Our next step is to fit our Retro Sound radio to the original bezel. Because of the flexibility of their InfiniMount system there's a decent amount of hardware that comes with it. The first step is to put these brackets onto the side of the radio. The brackets are stamped with right and left to make sure you put it on the correct side. At this point you'll just want to make it finger tight, because you're going to have to adjust it.
Now we're going to mock the radio up on our bezel to get an idea where these brackets need to be before we tighten them down. We'll take the supplied trim for the radio and slide it over. These factory pieces are actually two different lengths. We want to make sure the brackets on both sides is off that a little bit so we have room for the shaft itself. Slide this one back there and line that one up there and tighten them down.
Now we're going to remove it from the bezel and we'll line up the shafts. Next we're going to mount the control shafts to our bracket. The first thing you want to do is remove the rubber sleeve they come with for protection in shipping. Grab one of the supplied brackets, these are not side specific, it doesn't matter which one goes on which side. Slide the bracket over, one small washer and one of the supplied nuts, and again at this point only finger tight. We're going to once again use the factory bezel to get the proper alignment before we tighten them down.
We're going to line it up with our original bezel again, use a 1/2-inch socket to tighten them down, and we want to double check they're still lined up properly. We're ready for the next step. Now that we have these shafts tightened down it's time to put the radio into the bezel. Due to the different lengths one side fits flush and the other side has a gap. There's supplied additional hardware we're going to fill that gap up. Slide another nut over that shaft. We're going to get it lined up so that it's just resting on the factory edge of the bezel there and we're going to tighten the nuts to the front. Install a large washer on each side and then another mounting nut.
Make sure both sides are nice and snug. We don't want to tighten them too tight, just a little beyond finger tight on them. Once you've finished attaching the radio to the bezel make sure the control shafts are plugged to the radio before you put it in the car. Now the last step before we put it in is to install the supplied knobs. Now we're ready to reinstall the radio back in our car.
Before we can try the radio we have a couple more connections we've got to make. We need to hook the speakers up to the removable speaker harness provided with the radio and we're going to put an additional ground wire on it as well. The factory radio grounds through the chassis. You can do this with a modern radio, but finding a good ground behind the dash is probably a better idea. We're going to ground through these bolts over here that's part of the dash bracket.
We're going to use these solderless connectors for our speaker wires. The wires are labeled both left and right and positive and negative. Match them up to the corresponding wires in your dash. Now that our connections are made, we're ready to try out our new radio. Before we put it back in the dash, we're going to plug everything in, hook our battery back up and test the radio.
Turn our key on. There we go. To turn it off, just hold this button down. We're ready to bolt it back in the dash.
Not only does a Retro Sound radio look great in our '67 Convertible, it sounds great too. Installation time will be roughly one to two hours depending on speakers. You'll be back on the road cranking the tunes in no time.